Functional Skills and GCSE Entries

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  • Danny Dempsey
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    Hello,

    Just looking for a bit of confirmation really. If a 16-18-year-old joins a full-time study programme with a Level 1 Functional Skills already achieved in maths and/or English. Is this learner then required to study:

    a) Only Functional Skills at Level 2
    b) Only GCSE
    c) Both, Functional Skills at Level 2 and GCSE

    I am lead to believe that ‘C’ is the correct answer… Could someone confirm please?

    Thank you in advance for any responses.

    Danny

     
    #242311

    CDC
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    They can do any qual on the approved list to meet the condition so long as it’s above the level they already have.

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-19-funding-maths-and-english-condition-of-funding

    (table on ‘what students can and must study’ – 4th one down for this example)

    So in this case they could do FS Level 2 or GCSE (certainly not both!), depends on which is felt to be the most relevant)

     
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    Danny Dempsey
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    Hi CDC,

    Thanks for your reply. So seeing that the Functional Skills is an approved alternative to GCSE, what would their GCSE grade be recorded as in the ILR i.e. the learner achieved a 2 at GCSE (equivalent to an E using the old standard) but has also achieved the Level 1 Functional Skills. What would the GCSE be recorded as in the ILR?

    Hope this makes sense.

    Danny

     
    • This reply was modified 6 months, 1 week ago by  Danny Dempsey. Reason: Made the comment more understandable
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    CDC
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    If they had just achieved a FS Level 1 – then grade field would be ‘NONE’

    If they have GCSE grade 2 or E then 2 or E.

    The field is aiming to capture what they have actually attained at GCSE, not intended for capturing whether they have approved alternatives.

     
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    Danny Dempsey
    Participant

    Thank you for clarifying CDC.

     
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